Nighthawks

 

10  factlets about 

Nighthawks

 

by Edward Hopper

10  factlets about Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks , 1942 from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

Nighthawks , 1942 from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

Did you know?

01

Fine as a Homer. Before Edward Hopper finished the painting, Daniel Catton Rich, the director of the Art Institute of Chicago, called the painting “fine as a Homer” in reference to the American landscape painter. 

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Fine as a Homer. Before Edward Hopper finished the painting, Daniel Catton Rich, the director of the Art Institute of Chicago, called the painting “fine as a Homer” in reference to the American landscape painter. 

02

$3,000. Rich would later purchase the painting for the Art Institute for the sum of $3,000 (roughly $50,000 in today’s dollars) . Not a bad price for one of the museum’s most famous paintings.

02

$3,000. Rich would later purchase the painting for the Art Institute for the sum of $3,000 (roughly $50,000 in today’s dollars) . Not a bad price for one of the museum’s most famous paintings.

03

It’s large. It measures roughly 2.75 by 5 feet (0.8 X 1.5 m). 

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It’s large. It measures roughly 2.75 by 5 feet (0.8 X 1.5 m). 

04

A literal title . Edward Hopper’s wife, Josephine, wrote a description of one of the customers in the painting : “Man night hawk (beak) in dark suit, steel grey hat, black band, blue shirt (clean) holding a cigarette” . This description may have inspired the title. 

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A literal title . Edward Hopper’s wife, Josephine, wrote a description of one of the customers in the painting : “Man night hawk (beak) in dark suit, steel grey hat, black band, blue shirt (clean) holding a cigarette”. This description may have inspired the title. 

05

Two words. The original title was Night Hawks as noted in Josephine’s journal.

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Two words. The original title was Night Hawks as noted in Josephine’s journal.

I'm an image

Nighthawks  (detail)

06

Self-portrait. Josephine wrote a letter to her sister stating that Edward posed for the two men and she for the girl

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Self-portrait. Josephine wrote a letter to her sister stating that Edward posed for the two men and she for the girl

I'm an image

Café Terrace at Night , Vincent van Gogh, 1888

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Inspired by Van Gogh ? Café Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh was exhibited in a gallery in New York in January of 1942. Although it hasn’t been proven, it is likely that Hopper would have seen the work as it was exhibited alongside his own

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Inspired by Van Gogh ? Café Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh was exhibited in a gallery in New York in January of 1942. Although it hasn’t been proven, it is likely that Hopper would have seen the work as it was exhibited alongside his own

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Or inspired by Hemingway ? It has been suggested that Hopper was inspired by a short story by Ernest Hemingway, either "The Killers" , which Hopper greatly admired,  or the more philosophical "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" .

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Or inspired by Hemingway ? It has been suggested that Hopper was inspired by a short story by Ernest Hemingway, either "The Killers" , which Hopper greatly admired,  or the more philosophical "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" .

09

Painting loneliness. Hopper said of this painting: “Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city .

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Painting loneliness. Hopper said of this painting: “Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city .

10

Where is the café? Hopper only gave a vague suggestion of where the restaurant might have been stating it “was suggested by a restaurant on New York’s Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet” . Additionally, he noted th at "I simplified the scene a great deal and made the restaurant bigger". I t is likely an amalgamation of many places.

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Where is the café? Hopper only gave a vague suggestion of where the restaurant might have been stating it “was suggested b y a restaurant on New York’s Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet” . Additionally, he noted that "I simplified the scene a great deal and made the restaurant bigger". It is likely an amalgamation of many places.

From Our Collection

Feeling lonely in a large city or simply a night owl at heart?  Browse our selection of Hopper’s Nighthawks collectibles and gifts, showcasing Americana at its finest.  

Nighthawks - Sticker

EDWARD HOPPER

$4.00 USD

100 Masterpieces Scratch Poster

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$20.00 USD

Nighthawks - Pin

EDWARD HOPPER

$10.00 USD

Nighthawks - Card

EDWARD HOPPER

$10.00 USD


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